Before the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team took the floor against Valparaiso Saturday, it was announced that point guard Sean Pedulla was going to miss the game with an injury. During the game, he was on the Hokies bench with his foot in a walking boot.
Following Virginia Tech’s 71-50 win over the Crusaders, Hokies head coach Mike Young spoke about his guard’s injury and what the plan is going forward.
What did Mike Young say about the injury to Sean Pedulla?
After the game, Young spoke about how long his junior would be out of the lineup.
“Pedulla is going to be fine. I feel certain that he’ll be back on Saturday (vs. Vermont). I hope so,” said Young. “He got hurt on the last play of the Louisville game. The absolute last play. (Brandon) Huntley-Hatfield set a backscreen on him at midcourt and he’s twisted a little bit. It’s a sprain, it’s at the bottom of his foot. He’s got a little pain below, no swelling.”
There is no need to push Pedulla this early in the season. He should come back when he’s feeling fine. ACC play does not begin in full until the end of December and the Hokies catch a break in the schedule with a week off, then one game against Vermont on Saturday (Dec. 16) which will be a tough battle at Cassell Coliseum.
Pedulla is what makes Virginia Tech go on both ends of the floor. What the injury does do for Young and his staff is it allows them to try different combinations for when conference play starts. There are going to be times that Pedulla is in foul trouble and the Hokies need a plan for when that happens and know who can and can’t play with certain combinations.
Taking it slow and easy with Pedulla and his injury and putting him back in the lineup when he’s ready is the best move for the future.